Details are still coming in, but see below for a photo of the suspected shooter, who is reportedly a "disgruntled" former station employee with grievances against Adam and Alison. According to WHSV, the Augusta County Sheriff's Department identified the suspect as Vester Lee Flanagan, but on air he went by Bryce Williams. WHSV later updated that Flanagan had shot himself and was in critical condition. Not too long after that, the news came in that the alleged gunman had died.
This is the most heartbreaking part of an already heartbreaking tragedy: Both of the slain young journalists had new reasons to be excited about their futures, with Adam engaged and Alison starting a relationship with WDBJ anchor Chris Hurst. Chris tweeted his sorrow and shared their love story:
We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married.We just celebrated her 24th birthday— Chris Hurst (@chrishurstwdbj) August 26, 2015
She was the most radiant woman I ever met. And for some reason she loved me back. She loved her family, her parents and her brother.— Chris Hurst (@chrishurstwdbj) August 26, 2015
I am comforted by everyone at @WDBJ7. We are a family. She worked with Adam every day. They were a team. I am heartbroken for his fiancee.— Chris Hurst (@chrishurstwdbj) August 26, 2015
So incredibly sad -- and maddening. #WDBJ is now trending on Wednesday morning, and the news site has been updating with information as it comes in:
It is with extreme sadness that we report WDBJ7's Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed in an attack this morning. http://t.co/oC9s4vLJXV— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) August 26, 2015
We love you, Alison and Adam. pic.twitter.com/hLSzQi06XE— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) August 26, 2015
Keep an eye on them for more. Our deepest condolences to the families, and viewers who are also traumatized by what happened. It's hard to imagine how this can be explained, but it's relaunching debates on how future gun violence can be prevented.
This is the suspected shooter, Vester Flanigan, who is also known as Bryce Williams. He is a former WDBJ7 employee. pic.twitter.com/ngXrqHVLmw— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) August 26, 2015
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